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Laura Filloy Nadal, (Instituto Nacional De Anthropologia e Historia) - Embellished to perfection: Jade funerary regalia from the Maya Classic Period
When Feb 27, 2018
from 02:45 PM to 03:45 PM
Where Hicks Room, University Centre
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This talk is followed by afternoon tea.


K´inich Janaab´ Pakal (A.D. 603-683) was one of the most renowned rulers of the Maya area.  He reigned over the city of Palenque, Chiapas, from A.D. 612 until his death.  Aware of the fact that upon his demise he would begin the long journey to the underworld, he prepared himself for this odyssey by commissioning the construction of a pyramidal structure with a temple on top in which he could be venerated, and a magnificent funerary chamber containing some rich assort of jade objects. Mexican archeologist Alberto Ruz excavated this mausoleum in 1952, and discovered the famous jade mask and accouterments of Great Pakal.

This presentation analyzes the manufacturing technique of Pakal’s funerary attire. Elaborate on its archaeological context and the moment of the discovery to understand the distribution of the parts, as well as to identify the taphonomic processes that occurred in the tomb and the etiology of the alterations on the different materials. Discussion will center on the function and significance of the accoutrements during the funerary rites of the king.  Finally, delve into the information surrounding the discovery of the mask in 1952, its recent history and restoration process in the XXI Century.


Laura Filloy Nadal is Senior Conservator at the National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City). She received her B.A. in Art Conservation from Mexico’s School of Conservation and an MA and PhD in archaeology from the France’s University of Paris “La Sorbonne”. She has served as head of the Conservation Section of the National Museum of Anthropology, invited professor at la “La Sapienza” in Rome. She has been a guest researcher at Princeton University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library-Harvard University, and the University of Nanterre-Paris Oest in France. Currently she is professor at National School of Conservation and National School of Anthropology in Mexico



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